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Thursday, February 25, 2016

The one-off 'Officially Recognized' Akira Bike Replica

Without a doubt the coolest, most iconic image from the Japanese classic sci-fi anime titled 'Akira' is that of Shotaro Kaneda’s red-cherry futuristic bike blasting down the highway. That sweet ride has long been the fantasy conveyance of nerds everywhere, but one of the fans has stepped up and made that fantasy a reality.
The poster of Japanese classic sci-fi anime titled 'Akira'. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1XOomM)
This bike built by Masashi Teshima from the Showa Studio automobile repair shop spent seven years and approximately ¥10 million (or about US. $121,400). However unlike the real one in the animation film, it runs with gasoline, not electric.
The replica of Kaneda's Bike. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1XOmeP)
The bike was actually officially licensed by the writer/artist/director of "Akira", Katsuhiro Ootomo and his publishing company, Koudansha. Since it was official "Kaneda's Bike", the form and styling was quite accurate and it is actual operable on street.
Dashboard view of the replica of Kaneda's Bike. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1XOmeP)
Here are several pictures of Shotaro Kaneda’s red-cherry futuristic motorcycle. (All pictures taken from: http://adf.ly/1XOkCT)


Since there's no detailed specification. But from several pictures, we assumed this bike uses a water-cooled 4 stroke engine. It also is rear wheel drive with 3 chains and 6 sprockets. 
Masashi Teshima rode along with the Kaneda's Bike throughout Japan in order to raise money and awareness for charity in 2012. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1XOkEo)
The maker also put linked steering system in order to avoid long rake of front fork. They also put some futuristic navigation system on dash, along with LED speedo/tacho/battery gause like the real one.
And in 2012, Teshima rode the Kaneda’s red bike throughout Japan in an effort to raise money to fight autism in children. His ride ended in Tokyo after which the bike went on exhibition to allow photos with it. But charity or not, this is cool. Insanely cool. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | KOTAKU | ANIME NEWS NETWORK | GO AWAY GARAGE | GEEKOLOGIE]
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